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2018 Film Music And Sound Design Lab Skywalker Sound

Application         The application for the 2018 Film Music And Sound Design Lab Skywalker Sound is currently accepting submissions.

Lab Dates            July 10-23, 2018

Size of Lab          8 Fellows

Location              Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA 

Eligibility             The Program is focused on supporting accomplished composers from a wide range of musical backgrounds, which
                             may include composers with previous experience writing for film as well as accomplished composers working outside
                             of film whose work is suitable for film scoring.

Description         The Film Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound was launched in 2013 and brings together both fiction and
                             documentary filmmakers, emerging film composers, and sound designers.

Film Music Program
Welcome to the application for the 2018 Film Music And Sound Design Lab. The dates for the lab are as follows: July 10-23, 2018

When is my application due?
Applications must be completed and uploaded by Wednesday April 4th, in order to be reviewed. Late applications can only be accepted with written consent from Film Music program staff.

Fiction or Documentary:
In recent years, Sundance has conducted two labs, one for fiction film and one for documentary. For 2018 we will be running one lab that will bring together filmmakers in both areas. As the line between fiction and documentary has blurred in recent years, we feel that the community of artists will benefit from cross-pollination. Composers will apply to the program as a whole and once accepted will be assigned either a fiction or documentary project to work on during the Lab.

  • Online Application Registration
  • 15 min audio sample:
    • Sample can be up to 7 separate audio tracks
    • Supported audio file types: MP3, MP4, WMA, ACC (M4A) and FLAC ​
  • Bio
    • Upload a copy of your resume that includes a full list of credits  (.doc or PDF only)
    • Upload a brief statement of intent outlining why you are applying to the program and how it fits into your overall career goals. Include your musical training as well as your level of fluency with digital audio workstations.
  • Demographic Form
  • Non-refundable Payment Fee Music And Sound Design Labs: $35

Applicants will be notified of selections by early June . Notifications will not be made on a rolling basis. Please do not contact the office to request status updates. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not provide any feedback.

If you have additional questions about the Film Music Program, please email us at

Do you accept international applicants?
Yes. However if selected, international applicants may be asked to cover a portion of their airfare to the program.

I work with another composer - can we apply as a team?
Unfortunately, we do not accept applicants who are a part of a team. We have resources and a program structure built around supporting individual composers only at this time.

When will I know if I have been selected or not?
Participants will be notified if selected or not, in early June, 2018.

If accepted into the program what do I have to pay?
You do not have to pay to attend this program. If accepted, as a Sundance Fellow of this program your costs associated with getting to and attending the lab are covered. This includes travel, lodging and meals onsite.

How many people apply to the Lab and how many then are accepted?
We expect over 600 applicants this year for 8 Fellowships.

If I am not accepted into the program can I receive feedback on my application?
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of submissions we receive we are unable to offer individual feedback to applicants.

Who are the Advisors at the Lab?
Advisors to the Lab are different year to year but have included composers: John Adams, Jeff Beal, Terence Blanchard, Martin Bresnick, Carter Burwell, George S. Clinton, Stewart Copeland, Miriam Cutler, Danny Elfman, John Frisell, Osvaldo Golijov, Camara Kambon, James Newton Howard, Mark Isham, Michael Kamen, Laura Karpman, Rolfe Kent, Blake Neely, Thomas Newman, John Ottman, Heitor Pereira, Basil Poledouris, Graeme Revell, Edward Shearmur, Shirley Walker, Harry Gregson-Williams, Alex Wurman, and Christopher Young. Directors have included: Alison Anders, Gregg Araki, Miguel Arteta, Orlando Bagwell, Jon Else, Cary Fukunaga, Ulu Grosbard, Vikram Jayanti, Lawrence Kasdan, Kasi Lemmons, Peter Medak, Stanley Nelson, Robert Redford, Ron Shelton, Gus Van Sant, Ron Shelton, Jessica Yu, John Waters, and Mark Waters. Also Film Music Agents Robert Messinger, Richard Kraft and Vasi Vangelos have also attended as well as Music Editors Scott Johnson and Adam Smalley. Other Creative Advisors have included Joe Bini, Jon Burlingame, Vivian Hillgrove, Susan Jacobs, Tracy McKnight, Walter Murch, Toby Shimin.

Application Process
To apply, click sign in or signup in the top right and create an account. Then select the 2018 Film Music And Sound Design Lab from the dropdown.